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  • World AIDS Day: why the global diplomatic response to HIV/AIDS needs remobilising

    By Mark | December 1, 2014

    Source: New Statesman
    By Gareth Thomas MP, Shadow Minister for Africa

    The prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Swaziland shows we must redouble international efforts to tackle the epidemic.

    Sixteen years on from the first World AIDS Day in 1998, this year the global diplomatic response to HIV/AIDS is in danger of falling down the list of priorities confronting world leaders. 

    It is in 2011 that the UN last hosted a high-level summit on the issue, but it’s not since 2005 that world leaders – hosted by the then Labour government at the Read the rest of this entry »

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    Letter from Hobeni 9: Heritage Day

    By Mark | September 29, 2014

    Wednesday 24th September was celebrated in South Africa as National Heritage Day.  According to the South African Commission on Human Rights it is day to celebrate because people have the right to live their culture, practice their religion and speak their own language enshrined in the Read the rest of this entry »

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    Zimbabwe: Cow dung for sanitary pads?

    By Mark | June 6, 2014

    Source: Bulawayo 24

    May 28 2014 was the day Zimbabwe and the world held the inaugural Menstrual Hygiene Day and shocking confessions were made by women from all cross sections of our lovely country. The worst shock was revelation by some young (and old) women that they are using cow dung as sanitary “pads” during their monthly period. Read the rest of this entry »

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    South Africa: 20 Years of Freedom

    By Tony | April 26, 2014

    South Africa marks 20 years as a democratic country in 2014. 27 April is Freedom Day, the anniversary of South Africa’s first democratic elections.

    What has happened? What has been achieved? What are the key challenges South Africa faces?

    This new briefing paper from ACTSA to mark the anniversary provides Read the rest of this entry »

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    Swaziland: Prospects for the future

    By Mark | December 1, 2013

    Swaziland held elections on 20 September, but they weren’t fair or credible. Many boycotted the polls, rather than giving credibility to a process which is controlled by chiefs, bans political parties and fails to meet international standards. ACTSA was joined by Wandile Dludlu, Coordinator of the Swaziland Democracy Campaign and Swaziland United Democratic Front shortly after the elections to build support for the Swaziland Democracy Campaign and highlight the denial of democracy and rights. Here Wandile talks to ACTSA about the Read the rest of this entry »

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    World AIDS Day 2013

    By Tony | December 1, 2013

    World AIDS Day, 1 December 2013, is the 25th World AIDS Day. It is a day to reflect on the impact of HIV/AIDS on individuals, families, communities and nations. Is it a day to celebrate, mourn, be thankful or downcast? In truth all of these. Read the rest of this entry »

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    COSATU: 16 Days of Activism Against Violence against women and children

    By Mark | November 25, 2013

    COSATU

    COSATU as the federation of trade unions of South Africa joins hands with all progressive and revolutionary organizations to support the campaign on violence against women and children. COSATU is taken aback by the rising levels of Read the rest of this entry »

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    Swaziland Rural Women celebrate International Women’s Day

    By Mark | March 8, 2013

    On Friday 8 March, almost 1,000 members of the Swaziland Rural Women’s Assembly gathered together at the Sithobelweni Inkhundla in Swaziland to celebrate and commemorate International Women’s Day under the theme Read the rest of this entry »

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    International Women’s Day 2013: Time for action to end violence against women

    By Mark | March 8, 2013

    8 March, is International Women’s Day. The United Nations have called for people across the world to campaign on the theme “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women.” Across the world people are increasingly opposing violence against women, and they must. Seven out of ten women worldwide are affected by violence against them.

    Zimbabwe will hold elections later this year. The last election in Read the rest of this entry »

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    South Africa to Investigate Zimbabwe’s Politically Motivated Rape

    By Mark | February 25, 2013

    AIDS Free World

    South Africa has made a groundbreaking decision to investigate crimes against humanity in Zimbabwe. This unprecedented action positions the country as a global leader in confronting rape worldwide, and provides the first real hope that a past campaign of mass rape will be prosecuted and future atrocities will be prevented. Read the rest of this entry »

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